Mayor Lauren McLean and Boise Police Chief Ryan Lee held a meeting with over 150 members of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community today to discuss recent events and community concerns as well as share information with residents.
The call was organized between members of Boise’s AAPI Community and the City to provide a forum for community members to share their concerns with rising acts of violence targeting Asians across the country and how the community can best protect itself.
“I condemn the violent and racist hate crimes in Atlanta and the increased number of incidents throughout our nation,” said Mayor Lauren McLean. “My heart goes out to the victims, the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities and all who have been impacted by this tragedy. Everyone should feel safe in their community and I will continue to work hard to ensure Boise is a place where everyone feels safe and welcome.”
“The attacks on members of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community both in Atlanta this week and throughout the country over the last year are reprehensible. I fully understand the fears and concerns community members have for themselves and their loved ones in light of the violence that has taken place,” said Boise Police Chief Ryan Lee. “While our department has not seen an uptick in crimes targeting members of the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities, it is important to recognize that some incidents may go unreported. We will continue to work with community leaders to listen, address concerns and communicate vital information to all members of the Boise community.”